Voice App Answers Study: Google vs Siri vs Cortana (Infographic)

Voice Apps Question Answering Test Results

Which voice search app - Google, Siri, or Windows Cortana - is best at directly answering questions? We wanted to find out, so we prepared a set of over 3000 questions that could potentially generate a simple answer and asked them to all three apps. For complete test methodology and results, see our article The Great Knowledge Box … [Read more...]

The Great Knowledge Box Showdown: Google Now vs. Siri vs. Cortana

Great Knowledge Box Showdown: Google vs Siri vs Cortana

Google's Knowledge Graph has been the center of much attention lately. We have been hearing a lot about another concept called the Knowledge Vault as well. But just how extensive is Google's capability? And what about Siri and Bing/Cortana? How do they stack up? To find out, we loaded the Google App onto an iPhone (Google Now is part … [Read more...]

Google Author Authority in Search Gets Personal

Google AuthorAuthority GetsMore Personal

With the recent announcement by Google that they were bringing their three-year Google Authorship program to an end, many have been proclaiming two assumptions on social media and in blogs and blog comments: that this means both the death of author authority in search for Google and is another coffin nail in the Google+ … [Read more...]

Authorship Adoption Fail – Detailed Stats

One reason why Google Authorship failed: lack of adoption

  On August 28, 2014, Google's John Mueller announced the end of the Authorship markup program (also known as rel=author markup). In today's post I will: Show you data on how authorship data was used (or not) by 150 top media sites Outline why we think this contributed to Google's reasons for canceling the rel=author … [Read more...]

What to Do When Your Website Traffic Drops

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Introducing Episode 1 of our new video series: Hardcore SEO! In this episode Stone Temple Consulting Senior Marketing Consultant Brian Weiss shares how to evaluate a sudden traffic loss on your website. The Hardcore SEO series will bring you insights like this from Stone Temple's team of seasoned SEO veterans. To make sure you never … [Read more...]

How Does Google Index Tweets?

How Many Tweets Does Google Have Indexed?

In this study we explored the way that Google indexes tweets. The reason we embarked on this was to determine the likelihood that Google might use signals from Twitter for ranking purposes, but we found lots of other interesting information in the process. Spoiler alert: Google does not index a particularly significant percentage … [Read more...]

5 Keys to Improving Search Rankings with Duane Forrester of Bing

5 Keys to Improving Search Rankings with Bing's Duane Forrester

Bing's Senior Product Manager for Webmaster Outreach Duane ForresterĀ sat down with Stone Temple Consulting CEO Eric Enge to share the order of priorities he recommends to webmasters wanting to improve their search rankings.   Eric Enge: When a publisher comes to you and says, "What should I do to improve my SEO in rank well … [Read more...]